Our Booth at the Antique and Design Center in High Point

I couldn't resist sharing a few snapshots of our booth at the Antique and Design Center in High Point. The doors open at 9:00 AM this morning and I can't wait! 

If you are in High Point for market, please stop by and say hello.

That's me, putting lampshades on our lamps during set-up on Wednesday.

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Sneak Peek: My Home Office

I think I am the slowest decorator in the whole world! 

You may remember a blog post I wrote over a year ago, Working Spaces: The Home Office. Many of the details have changed since I wrote that post but the prevailing aesthetic remains the same. I wanted this space to be a little more modern than the rest of my house. The room is decorated with all my favorite things and colors - warm grays, browns and a touch of soft blue.

Since I will be preoccupied with the High Point Furniture Market for the next 10 days, I thought I would leave you with just a few images of my latest home project. 

Still on my 'To Do List' is to have the shutter guy come and take down my plantation shutters and have them repainted in my new trim color. I bought the reclaimed elm console at market last year. The library lights are from Visual Comfort and are my favorite element in the room. The biggest challenge I faced when designing this room was the long and awkward shape of the space and the fact that the large bay window that we added when we renovated the house twelve years ago was off center. The new built-ins that stretched all the way to the ceiling helped rebalance the room and give height to this space that has eight foot ceilings. The slipcovered chairs swivel and are from Lee Industries, a favorite showroom at the High Point Market.

This little shelf that pulls out from the ends of the desk is essential for this room to work. Since the chairs swivel, you can not put a table beside them. This little pull-out provides the perfect spot for a drink.

I bought these petrified wood candle holders during the Fall High Point Market and the blue coral from Bliss Studio last Spring. I love to incorporate things from nature into every room. All the fabrics in the room are from Galbraith & Paul.

The drum tables from Lee Industries are another favorite element in the room. They are so versatile and can be used as stools, ottomans or little tables. I hope to find the perfect coffee table at market this week. I am looking for something long and narrow that is made from reclaimed wood and possibly metal.

My best friend, Sadie, grabs a nap in a patch of sunlight. I am also searching for something special for over the sofa, art or decorative object.
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Antiques and Design Center: Sneak Peek

{French Market Baskets from Sleepy Hollow Antiques}

Are you planning to attend the High Point Furniture Market?

Just a reminder that the High Point Furniture Market is a great place to source Antiques. I will be setting up this market in the Antique and Design Center in Market Square this year and since I live just twenty minutes from High Point, I drove over on Friday and took a few pictures to entice you to stop by. Lots of dealers were moving in on Friday, and I loved being the first one to see all the amazing covey coming in the door. Please stop by and say hello. The doors open on Friday, April 20th at 9:00 AM.

Any decorators working on the design of an investment banker's office? This hand carved, rustic gray painted bull would make an exceptional decorative object.

{Carved Wooden Bull probably from an antique nativity scene from Tuesdays on the Boulevard}

The Antique and Design Center is filled with unusual things with great color, original paint and personality, like this old door from La Donna Antiques and Interiors.

Here's a sneak peek from our space {above} and the next two photos {below}. You can expect to find beautiful french and continental antiques in a pale palette with lots of gorgeous old paint, luxe handmade Fortuny pillows, french baskets with the original enamel bin numbers, french oyster baskets, chandeliers and an eclectic mix of decorative smalls. I'll be sharing a space with my sister, Tracy Collins Antiques and Interiors, Chris Phillips from Isle Antiques and Kathy Purser Antiques. The "after" pictures, coming soon, should showcase our loot in a better light. Sometimes I choose not to show the "before" view because I want everything to look perfect.

I couldn't wait to show you this coastal display from Karen Luisana Antiques. These soft antique Dhurry rugs remind me of the movie "Somethings Gotta' Give."

Wouldn't this piece make a great island in a beach cottage?

I'll add the dealer name for this vignette when I learn more about them during set-up. I loved this display of ulitarian farm pieces turned into graphic art.

I loved these chairs from A. Tyner Antiques.

The bird sconces {above} will be for sale in my both. They are antique 'Maison Bagues' from France and the birds are made from rock crystal.

A little vignette of some of my smalls for market.

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Kitchen and Dish: Fish Stew from Sue's Kitchen

Today's kitchen and dish celebrates my mother's tried and true recipe for Seafood Stew. When I go home to visit with my parents, I often request that my Mom make homemade seafood stew in my honor. She first learned to make seafood stew as a newlywed in the early days when they lived in the small South Carolina town of Cheraw. She tells the story that when the fisherman would bring in their daily catch, they would go by Sam's icehouse to ice it down. Sam would make a huge pot of fish stew so the fisherman would stay around and drink his beer. Mom learned to make it from Sam but tweaked the recipe over the years because the original recipe was made to serve hundreds of hungry fishermen.

I choose one of my favorite kitchens - fresh and simple - for today's kitchen and dish. It has many of the design elements that I am really smitten with these days, like open shelving, white dishes, horizontal plank paneling, gorgeous industrial lighting and of course, that killer flat weave rug. It's the coastal kitchen from designer Amelia Handegan's Folly Beach retreat that everyone went nuts over when it was published in Architectural Digest. Handegan is one of my long time favorite designers based out of Charleston, South Carolina and Folly Beach is just over the bridge from Charleston.

Sometimes, I think we blog about these over-the-top gorgeous kitchens that are more fantasy and than real design for our own everyday homes. This little kitchen is attainable and has great style for such a small space. It offers great design inspiration for those vacation homes that have been in the family for generations and need that little facelift.

One of my favorite things to do when I visit Charleston and the surrounding beaches {Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Wild Dunes, Kiawah Island and of course, Folly Beach} is to attend the Coleman Boulevard Farmer's Market on Tuesday afternoons. It is truly like no other farmer's market you have ever visited. Lots of the fresh produce {picked the morning of the market}, live music, fresh seafood, Charleston gourmet specialty products, local meats and eggs and my favorite, homemade pasta and sauces from Rio Bertolini. If you go, be sure to go to the pasta dealer first as they sell out of the most popular items quickly. My favorites are the Sweet Potato, Gorgonzola and Walnut Ravioli and the Browned Butter Sage Sauce.

This is what the board looks like at the farmer's market. The line through the pastas means they are sold out of that kind...get there early!

So for today's Friday entertaining post, I envision hosting - GBW in Charleston, South Carolina at my newly renovated beach cottage on Folly Beach. When I was twenty something, my five best friends from college and I went to the beach to celebrate our graduation. We vowed that every year we would return to the beach together. We have been going for twenty seven years now. GBW stands for girls beach weekend...pretty cheesy, a nickname only a bunch of twenty-two year olds might come up with. We go out for one or two really nice dinners but also enjoy bringing our favorite new recipes to share. Here are just a few of the recipes that I would love to try with my favorite girl friends and some colorful things that are inspiring me lately.

I love the combination of khaki stripes and colorful flowers. 

Wouldn't these colorful floral bouquets make anyone happy? They combine some of my most favorite spring flowers - Peonies, Ranunculus, Anemones, Sweet Pea, Dahlia and Hydrangea. I would arrange them in blue Mason jars for the table and use simple white plates on a khaki striped tablecloth.

I immediately feel in love with these NPG Everyday linen dinner napkins that are handmade in Portland from recycled linen from Adler & Co. 

I absolutely can't wait to make these two recipes I discovered on Pinterest. They both feature really fresh summer ingredients and look like they are easy to make. 

{Gorgeous Seafood Stew - from food photographer here}

Sue's Kitchen - Fish Stew with Shrimp and Scallops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • {I use olive oil but my Mom actually uses 'Streak of Lean' otherwise known as fatback}
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 can chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp, chopped
  • 1/2 pound sea scallops
  • 1/2 pound halibut fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of Texas Pete Hot Sauce {Made in Winston Salem where I live}
  • Toasted baguette slices, buttered and rubbed with garlic

    • Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet and sauté the onion until translucent; add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and add the tomato paste cooking for about 10 minutes or until it begins to turn brown. Add carrot, red pepper, clam juice, tomatoes and white wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until vegetables are just tender. Stir in shrimp, scallops and fish and cook approximately five more minutes, then turn off the heat and let the pot sit covered for five more minutes while the seafood continues to cook. Serve with toasted baguette slices rubbed with garlic.

I would love to sit out here on the screen porch for hours after dinner, listening to the ocean, feeling the ocean breeze and talking for hours into the night.

Have a nice weekend!

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Turkish Towels

Have you ever tried a Turkish towel?

I love the way they look.

Used in Turkish baths for centuries, "Peshtemal" is a traditional Turkish towel made from organic cotton that softens with age. According to all the sources I have read, they are highly absorbent and dry much faster than a normal bath towel. I am crazy for stripes, especially as Spring arrives, and love the hand-knotted, tassel fringe. 

They come in a wide variety of striped patterns and colors. From gorgeous soft grays and neutrals to a rainbow of summer colors. It would be hard to choose just one. I love them all.

{Etsy Shop - Bath Style}

These are from an interesting company that travel the globe in search of traditional handmade products - 

I didn't mention, that a Turkish towel makes a great beach towel and cover-up!

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